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Three Heavens?

August 7, 2018


A couple weeks ago I was asked this question from one of our members, “My parents and I were talking about what the Bible says about heaven last night and my dad mentioned about the three heavens which really confuses my mom and I because we tend to think of heaven as being just one thing. What are the three heavens? Also when the Bible talks about streets of gold and many mansions in heaven should that be taken literally or is it a metaphor? I was not sure because I thought heaven was supposed to be more like earth but without sin or any imperfections.”  What great questions.  Let me see if I can break this down in bites, or bytes for you techies!

First, what are the 3 heavens in the bible?

Second, streets of gold and mansions in heaven; literal or figure of speech?

So, what is the bible talking about when it tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that Paul “was caught up to the third heaven.”  What does Paul mean by “third heaven” and “caught up”?

“Caught up” here is translated from the Greek term, harpazo, which is the same word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 about the rapture (harpazo) of the church.

So, what are the 3 heavens in the Bible?

The first “heaven” would be the atmosphere.  It is first mentioned  (more…)